Meadowbank United booked a place in the South Canterbury Cup final for the first time in the club’s history, with a 2-1 win over Mountainview at Sir Basil Arthur Park in Timaru on Saturday.
The Bank are notoriously slow starters, and lived up to that reputation by going behind early on from a well-taken free kick from which Harry Bower headed home.
Meadowbank replied quickly through in-form striker Michael Stevens and midfielder Matt Haywood threaded a perfectly weighted pass for Stevens to latch on to and slot in for a 1-1 half time score line.
Stevens struck again in the second half. The striker was the most lively in a goal mouth scramble to complete his brace and secure his side’s place in the final.
Coach Simon Willets said his team needed to work on retaining possession but he was pleased with the determination the players had shown.
“It was a good, gutsy effort. Going down made it hard work for us, but that shows character,” he said.
“We need to work on retaining the ball and working on those first touches.”
Meadowbank will now face the formidable Northern Hearts at the same venue in the final.
Hearts finished top of the South Canterbury division with a 100 per cent record and handed Meadowbank an 8-0 hammering in week two before a 3-1 defeat in the last round of the league season, but Willetts has confidence in his side to pull off an upset.
Willetts said his team would be looking to improve on their lethargic start against Mountainview.
“Everybody is fizzing,” he said.
“They (Northern Hearts) come out of the block pretty quick. They’re a fast starter. We’re a bit of a slow settler and we need to work on that.”
By JAMES FORD